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Types of doctors and their salaries

Updated March 23, 2017

There are a multitude of different types of doctors and trying to list them all can be as difficult as tracking their respective salaries. Salaries for doctors vary widely depending on whether or not they are a general practitioner or a specialist. To further complicate matters, salaries can vary greatly from location to location. However, median salaries for doctors across the country can be tracked.

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General Practitioner

Your basic, neighbourhood doctor is what's called a general practitioner. They treat a wide variety of illnesses and often refer their patients to specialists when the patients condition exceeds the doctor's or the office's abilities. General practitioners tend to make less than their specialist counterparts, but this isn't to say that they don't make much money. The median income for a family practitioner is £89,143.

General Surgeon

Much like general practitioners and specialists, there are also general surgeons and speciality surgeons. General surgeons are responsible for treating diseases by invasive methods when other measures have failed. They might do exploratory surgeries, amputations, reconstructive surgeries or any other multitude of surgical procedures to improve the life of their patients. General surgeons make a good deal more than general practitioners. Their median salary is £144,583.


A popular example of a high-paying specialist doctor, anesthesiologists are responsible primarily for knocking the patient out before surgical procedures. However, because of the delicate nature of putting someone under, they must gather considerable health information and medical history. As well, they must evaluate the patient before during and after the procedure to check for ill effects. Because of this high stress position, anesthesiologists are compensated to the tune of £167,458 as a median income.

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About the Author

Lennon Simpson is a graduate of Hendrix College where he received his B.A. in philosophy. His articles on politics and current events have appeared in "The Profile." He also volunteers for after-school creative writing clubs in local high schools where he teaches writing to at-risk youth. Simpson began his professional writing career in 2008 as a poet in Central Arkansas.

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